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Concerted Architectures for the Interconnection of Networks
for Sustainable Mobility with Telematics Applications

The CARISMA-Telematics project presents an analysis of current and planned use of Transport Telematics Applications in metropolitan areas of cities and regions across Europe, based on cities that have been leading the way in telematics deployment. The term Transport telematics in this context is used in its widest sense, and refers to the application of telematics for the purpose of improving transport logistics, road safety and transport efficiency. The CARISMA approach addresses the multimodal transport system in the urban context with the focus on passenger transport, considering commercial transport when affected.

Setting the scene

The CARISMA-Telematics support action of the Telematics Applications Programme essentially is an evaluation of how seven European cities and regions are adopting transport telematics in the management of their transport systems. The cities selected for study were all members of the POLIS network and each was chosen because it is leading in some key areas of transport telematics. Taken as a group, the cities provide a benchmark for best practice, though no one city is forward in all areas. The cities face many challenges of a financial, legal, and institutional as well as technical nature, and consequently their experience provides a fruitful basis for developing advice and guidance for other cities. The following are the cities and their regions selected:

Barcelona, Spain Southampton, UK
Glasgow, Scotland Trondheim, Norway
Munich, Germany Turin, Italy
Paris, France

This report is supported by a series of project Facts Sheets which summarise key features of selected case studies in transport telematics deployment in 7 cities, all of which are well advanced in their use and deployment of telematics. In addition, a collection of City Profiles summarise the practical experience of the selected cities and regions on current issues with regard to transport telematics deployment.


The overall purpose of the CARISMA-Telematics project is to provide results which will help cities and regions with the deployment of near market transport telematics applications and services being developed in both the public and private sectors. It is concerned with Telematics applications developed under successive EU-funded R&D Framework Programmes as well as national and local initiatives.

The CARISMA Telematics project involved three stages:
o fact-finding and reviewing the state of the art based on a sample of seven cities/regions which are in the forefront of deploying transport telematics,
o analysis of city-region requirements for transport telematics deployment and
o the production of advice and guidance notes.

Results and achievements

The focus of the CARISMATelematics project has been very much towards the non-technical aspects of the use of the technology, covering political support, public awareness, consensus formation etc. The project set out to provide an overview of current position regarding deployment of telematics in 7 leading cities/regions and how this has been achieved. The approach taken by the project team was to analyse, through on-site visits, the deployment situation of selected cities/regions. The project visits have been important in understanding how transport telematics can serve the cities transport and mobility policies and the part the cities can play as a facilitator for deployment. These have been documented in the seven city profiles and 32 project fact sheets.

Conclusions and plans for the future

On their own, transport telematics and intelligent transport systems will not solve the increasing problems of traffic congestion and the resultant effects which many cities and regions in Europe are experiencing. Technology can hold part of the answer but it is critical that transport telematics be deployed as part of an integrated transport strategy to obtain the maximum benefits. For example the motto of Trondheim's ITS programme is: 'Improved transport services for more people and at lower cost'.
In metropolitan areas the challenge is to develop transport measures and ITS in such a way that improved traffic capacity and effectiveness in using the road network does not simply generate additional volumes of private car traffic. Instead, telematics needs to supply sustainable solutions, for example to allow present demand to be accommodated whilst giving increased priority to public transport vehicles and releasing roadspace for other uses.
In summary, CARISMA-Telematics identified the reasons for the cities' successes and touched on one or two failures. There has been direct contact and open discussions with top level actors. The leading applications and gaps in deployment were identified. Four advice and guidance notes have been prepared to distil some of that experience and it is hoped this will provide useful hands-on guidance for the cities which have not already engaged in deployment. The project has also provided help to other European cities in their Telematics endeavour.

Contact person

Anne Grunkorn, POLIS
Tel: +32.2 2828464
Fax: +32 2 2828466
E-mail: (email removed)
Timescale: 15/3/98 - 14/3/00
Keywords: interconnection of networks/ sustainable mobility with telematics

Project Participants

Transver (DE)
Ankerbold International (UK)
Hampshire County Council (UK)

Public Deliverables

D2 Report on Current and Planned Use of Transport Telematics in Urban Areas ( Final Integrated deliverable)